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This paper is one of the first to estimate how regions affect the productivity, wage cost and cost competitiveness (i.e., the productivity-wage gap) of firms. Detailed linked employer-employee panel data for Belgium and the Hellerstein-Neumark framework are used to estimate dynamic models at the establishment level. The findings show that interregional differences in productivity and wages are significant, but to a large extent due to drivers at the individual and/or firm level. The researchdoi:10.1080/00343404.2018.1445846 fatcat:usx43efc5vhyhfydpc5q2amx5i